Friday, September 20, 2013

Review Aunty Lee's Delights by: Ovidia Yu

Title: Aunty Lee's Delights
Author: Ovidia Yu
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 260
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Publisher Requested Review
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This delectable and witty mystery introduces Rosie "Aunty" Lee, feisty widow, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore's best-loved home cooking restaurant

After losing her husband, Rosie Lee could easily have become one of Singapore's "tai tai," an idle rich lady devoted to mah-jongg and luxury shopping. Instead she threw herself into building a culinary empire from her restaurant, Aunty Lee's Delights, where spicy Singaporean home cooking is graciously served to locals and tourists alike. But when a body is found in one of Singapore's beautiful tourist havens, and when one of her wealthy guests fails to show at a dinner party, Aunty Lee knows that the two are likely connected.

The murder and disappearance throws together Aunty Lee's henpecked stepson Mark, his social-climbing wife Selina, a gay couple whose love is still illegal in Singapore, and an elderly Australian tourist couple whose visit-billed at first as a pleasure cruise-may mask a deeper purpose. Investigating the murder is rookie Police Commissioner Raja, who quickly discovers that the savvy and well-connected Aunty Lee can track down clues even better than local law enforcement.

Wise, witty and unusually charming, Aunty Lee's Delights is a spicy mystery about love, friendship and home cooking in Singapore, where money flows freely and people of many religions and ethnicities co-exist peacefully, but where tensions lurk just below the surface, sometimes with deadly results.

My Thoughts: 

This book opens with a murdered woman on the beach in Singapore and soon we meet Aunty Lee and Nina her companion and learn about their shop where Aunty Lee's stepson has wine and dinner parties.  But most of the buzz is about the woman on the beach and what happened to her?  Who is she?  And what is going on in Singapore when a mysterious Carla Saito shows up looking for Laura Kwee who is missing from this wine and dine session texting out sick.

Aunty Lee decides to make notes and write down witness once it's figured out that Laura is missing and so is Marianne Peters.  Which brings in the Singapore police and SS Salim who is trying to figure out who is murdering women.

It was a great read I really enjoyed reading about Singapore while solving a mystery at the same time.  Aunt Lee reminds me of like an elderly grandmother with her ability to love her family and friends and care about those she comes across that she cooks for them, and feels a connection to them.  I loved it.
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